Allapattah Flats fourth graders experiment with the scientific process

Allapattah Flats fourth graders experiment with the scientific process

As part of their science program, students in Crystal Cade’s fourth grade Response to Intervention group at Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently learned about the scientific method. The students discussed the role of a scientist and the importance of scientific investigations. The students identified the steps necessary to complete a scientific investigation. As a culminating activity, the students completed an inquiry activity in which they used the scientific method to create lava in a cup. Students also discussed the possible implications of not following the scientific method. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Ganus, Lisbet Figueroa, and Giancarlo Gallegos.

Allapattah K8 staff bowls for the kids

Allapattah K8 staff bowls for the kids

Staff members at Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake event at Superplay USA. With an 80’s theme, staff members enjoyed sporting their neon shirts and listening to music from that time period. With three lanes in use for Allapattah, each team member got to show off their bowling and athletic abilities. All the money raised will go to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

Office Max store manager Katrina Dannon, pictured left, and her team surprised fifth grade teacher Vincent Scotto, right, at Manatee Academy recently. Scotto was the recipient of the 2012 “A Day Made Better,” an award comprised of generous donations of school supplies! Principal Lillian Beauchamp nominated Mr. Scotto for maintaining high expectations in all students, modeling the belief that all children are capable of success, using his own money to buy student supplies, and his willingness to go beyond his classroom to help his colleagues.

Teachers travel on the Magical School Bus to the zoo

Teachers travel on the Magical School Bus to the zoo

A loaded school bus of Title One teachers and STEM Science Support members headed to the Brevard Zoo’s Open House recently. The event had many displays from local and state science-related agencies. Teachers learned about the many field trip and educational opportunities available to them. They were also able to collect items for their classrooms and many won items in the free drawings! Pictured getting on the bus to return are, from left, Jennifer Czajak, Julia Woertz, Omay Frixione-Coto, Ciara Trabal and Erikka Trabal.

F. K. Sweet third graders use the scientific method

F. K. Sweet third graders use the scientific method

Scientist Dr. Susan Sennett from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution assists third grade students at F. K. Sweet Elementary School with a buoyancy experiment during a presentation on the scientific method. Pictured hard at work, from left, are Terry Boles, Armani Richardson, and Sylnia McMillan with Dr. Sennett.

F. K. Sweet kindergartners respond to reading

F. K. Sweet kindergartners respond to reading

Kindergartners in Kristin Griffin’s class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School respond to reading while at the reading center. Both Guinevere Sauveur, left, and Jayden Leddy liked their book choices so much they chose to record the books in their journals.

F. K. Sweet kindergartners explore apples using their senses

F. K. Sweet kindergartners explore apples using their senses

Students in Melanie Francisco’s kndergarten class at F. K. Sweet Elementary School loved exploring apples using all five of their senses. Students observed and recorded how the apples looked, felt, smelled, sounded, and tasted. They graphed their favorite apple and wrapped up the unit by making applesauce. Pictured, Elliot Garder turns the crank as Santino Stevens and others look on in anticipation as to what will happen to the apple.

Northport students enjoy age appropriate literature

Northport students enjoy age appropriate literature

Northport K-8 eighth grade students in Sandra Tyndale’s reading classes are enjoying a special section of books that are particularly chosen for seventh and eighth graders at the school.  Students can select from Young Adult Choices (YAC) books to tweak their reading enjoyment. The YAC books are being promoted in four schools in the district: Manatee Academy, Treasure Coast High School, Dan McCarty School and Northport K-8 School. The chosen books are shelved and marked separately to encourage young adults to read. The books, all very new and up to date, provide middle and high school students with an opportunity to voice their opinion about books being written for them. Each book comes with a ballot and students determine if the book is enjoyable by filling out the ballotand dropping it into a ballot box. The book votes are then tallied by Media Specialist Debbie Remington at Manatee Academy and the coordinator for the YAC
program. The importance of offering teens and young adults choices and voices in reading material is crucial for a successful literacy program in schools. Over the next three years, 5,000 new books will be distributed in this terrific program opportunity. Pictured, from left , are Avi Holman, Okyia Mclean and Shadia Stone.

Northport first graders receive visit from community helper

Northport first graders receive visit from community helper

Northport K-8 first grade students in Laura Poveromo, Dulce Olivera and Christine Santos-Nurse’s classes recieved a visit from Officer Daniel Smith of the Fort Pierce Police Department. Students sat in a group in the outdoor garden area and had a lengthy conversation with Officer Smith, who spoke to the students about how to keep themselves safe when playing outside and to make sure to keep their porch lights on and doors locked to help prevent break ins. He also spoke about the importance of laws and equated laws to school rules. Officer Smith also explained all the tools and equipment that he carries on a daily basis on his belt.  The students were thrilled to receive a visit from a community helper.

Garden City book fair encourages the love of reading

Garden City book fair encourages the love of reading

Thanks to all the Garden City Early Learning Academy parents’, students’ and staff’s love of books and reading, the school’s book fair was a great success. The five day total combined in-school and on-line sales were just under $1,000. The school gets 40% in Scholastic dollars to purchase books and materials from Scholastic. The majority of the funds will go towards birthday books. The school also had $250 Scholastic dollars in the account, which purchased the 15 Golden Ticket prize books and another 30 birthday books, and should get another 150-200 books with the new Scholastic dollars! Now there will be enough books for each student’s birthday! Pictured, from left, are students Arianna Wilks and Nicoli Aguilar-Colchado, with volunteer Letisia Colchado.

State officials praise Westwood High culinary arts students during visit

State officials praise Westwood High culinary arts students during visit

Students in Chef Maureen Greenberg’s culinary arts program at Fort Pierce Westwood High School were the stars of the day when officials from the Florida Department of Education recently visited the school. The students prepared the meals in the culinary kitchen and served the guests in Panther Pub and Panther Lane Bistro. Pictured in the kitchen, from left, are Jamal Laing, Sunny Trattles, Chef Greenberg, Blanca Morales, and Edline Dor.

Southport Middle students testing their hypotheses

Southport Middle students testing their hypotheses

In Jessica Allen’s seventh grade science class at Southport Middle School, students have been learning about the scientific method. Students created their own hypothesis statements on a problem given to them and they got to test their statements. Delsin Pillay is testing his hypothesis statements using paper airplanes and a variety of variations within his testing environment to see if adding weight to a paper airplane’s wings makes it fly straighter.

Ft Pierce Westwood JROTC Cadets take interest in their community

Ft Pierce Westwood JROTC Cadets take interest in their community

Members of the Fort Pierce Westwood High School Panther Battalion took a day from work, school and friends to show their interest and commitment in their community by cleaning up Pepper Park. The cadets cleaned up Pepper Park in an effort to clean up their community. Afterwards, the cadets had fun playing sports, getting to know each other and having a barbeque. Pictured are cadets from the Ft Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion.

Manatee Center staff visit first graders at Palm Pointe

Manatee Center staff visit first graders at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s first grade students recently enjoyed a presentation by the Ft. Pierce Manatee Observation and Education Center. Students heard
information on “Habitats, Who Lives Where?” After the discussion, students were able to see and touch a turtle, snake and lizard. This was a fun, interactive learning experience for everyone.

Palm Pointe welcomes volunteers and business partners

Palm Pointe welcomes volunteers and business partners

Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator for Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, recently welcomed the volunteers/business partners at an orientation. A fabulous breakfast was provided by PNC and Tropical Smoothie, and was served to approximately 45 volunteers that joined the Palm Pointe team. They signed up for committees and were informed of volunteeer procedures.  These volunteers support the school in numerous ways and have volunteered as many as 50,000 hours in one school year and are very much appreciated at Palm Pointe. 

Garden City students review bus safety

Garden City students review bus safety

Recently St. Lucie County bus drivers, along with the Garden City Early Learning Academy staff, reviewed the Bus Safety procedures with students. The students learned how to sit properly on the bus, back to back, bottom to bottom, and feet on floor. Other safety procedures were also reviewed. Students were given the opportunity to practice evacuating the bus in case of emergency. Time and safety were noted during this activity. Pictured exiting the bus is first grade student Darious Acrey with the assistance of Nuran Onal and Joann Brown.

Mosaic Digital Academy families enjoy get together

Mosaic Digital Academy families enjoy get together

What great fun was had by students, teachers and parents of Mosaic Digital Academy at its first Fall Meet-Up! Mosaic Digital Academy’s K-6 virtual students, parents, siblings, teachers, and staff met for an afternoon treat at Tutti Fruiti and then enjoyed a little frisbee and kite flying with other students in the virtual school program. Parents had a nice opportunity to connect with other “Learning Coaches”, too! A repeat performance is expected soon.

Palm Pointe jersey day supports Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Palm Pointe jersey day supports Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Students and staff at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently enjoyed wearing their favorite team jerseys, an annual fundraising event. Everyone donated $1.00 to help support Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Students and staff look forward to helping out this organization every year. 

Southport Middle students engage across curriculum

Southport Middle students engage across curriculum

Southport Middle School eighth grade students are engaged in many exciting activities across the curriculum. History and Language Arts teachers Nancy Filippini and Maureen Dakin are collaborating to assist students in drafting their DAR essays due in October. This year”s topic is to support Forgotten Patriots of the American Revolution. Students in Karen Allen’s science classes are diving into scientific method and inquiry, and students are actively investigating topics of interest, while Julie Lecluse and Lauie Barnard engage students with finding slopes, intercepts, and variation in math classes. Pictured, from left, are Aileen Vasquez, Morgan Ochwat, Nicole DiPietro, and Viviana Torres.

Mariposa Elementary launches new musical group

Mariposa Elementary launches new musical group

Mariposa Elementary School’s new “Butterfly Band”, under the direction of Mary McCartney, is starting the year off learning new instruments. Fourth and fifth grade band students at Mariposa Elementary are learning to play the tone chimes as a part of this new instrumental group. They are also playing the Orff xylophones, recorders, drums, ukeleles and the steel drums.